Historic Lewes Farmers Market set for Sept. 14
This week’s weather brings more fresh produce to the Historic Lewes Farmers Market Saturday, Sept. 14. The market is held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Lewes Historical Society, 110 Shipcarpenter St., at the corner of Shipcarpenter and West Third streets. The HLFM is the largest producer-only market in Delaware, named Delaware Today’s Best of Delaware Farmers Market this year for the third year in a row.
Because the HLFM vendors will have plenty of fresh, local produce, breads, meats and fish through the fall, the market will continue past Sept. 28 this year. From Oct. 5 through Nov. 23, the market will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Richard Shields Elementary School, just off the corner of Savannah Road and Sussex Drive.
From 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Krista Scudlark of Backyard Jams and Jellies and Richard Uva of Seaberry Farm will demonstrate how to make an Eastern Shore favorite, beach plum jam with beach plums grown at Seaberry. Scudlark started making jellies more than 25 years ago and she now makes more than 75 flavors, including 14 award winners. Seaberry Farm is operated by Richard and his wife Wenfei. After 16 years at Cornell University, from which they both received their doctorates and then taught, they have applied their expertise at Seaberry. Doing what they love, the Uvas have transformed a corn and soybean field into a farm diverse in specialty fruits and cut flowers.
From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., Dr. Frank Porter will discuss Delaware native plants and offer suggestions about creating natural landscapes. Porter earned his PhD in historical geography, focusing on the Nanticoke Indians of Delaware. After a career as a Native American scholar, Porter began growing plants as a hobby, which quickly turned into a vocation. The market will have for sale a limited quantity of his book, “Back to Eden: Landscaping with Native Plants,” signed by the author.
Before attending these demonstrations, don’t forget to bring the kids by the School House to hear Maureen Miller, children’s librarian from the Lewes Public Library, read “Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree” by Gail Gibbons; this presentation takes listeners through an apple tree’s seasons. The book includes a recipe for apple pie, directions, explanations of what a cider press is and does, and facts about honeybees.
This week, market patrons will find fresh lima beans, corn on the cob, tomatoes, beans, pumpkins and squash. How about apples for a pie or tomatoes and feta for a fabulous salad? The market’s vendors offer fabulous produce, meat, chicken, lamb, dairy products and many other agricultural offerings. Specific types and varieties of fresh meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, flowers and plants are listed by vendor in the HLFM newsletter sent to patrons on the first Thursday of the month during the market season and on the HLFM Facebook page. Newsletters the remainder of the month will highlight featured vendors and selected produce. To receive the HLFM newsletter, email email@example.com to be added to the HLFM subscription list.
The market is processing SNAP (EBT Food Stamps). To help lower economic barriers to local healthy food, the HLFM will match up to $10 in SNAP with HLFM Bonus Bucks. SNAP participants are encouraged to go to the SNAP Information Tent at the market to redeem their Bonus Bucks.
The Historic Lewes Farmers Market has adopted a policy that pets (with the exception of service animals) are not permitted at its farmers market. The HLFM thanks all for their understanding and support of this necessary policy.
The Board of Directors of the HLFM is committed to supporting farmers and emerging farmers who grow local fruits, vegetables and produce.
More information about the market is available at www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org. Find the market also on Facebook.